The Executive Brain

The Executive Brain : Frontal Lobes and the Civilized Mind

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The Executive Brain is the first popular but rigorous book to explore the most 'human' region of the brain, the frontal lobes. Writing in a lively and accessible style, the author shows how the frontal lobes enable us to engage in complex mental processes, how they control our judgment and our social and ethical behavior, how vulnerable they are to injury, and how devastating the effects of damage often are, leading to chaotic, disorganized, asocial, and even criminal behavior. Replete with fascinating case histories and anecdotes, Goldberg's book offers a panorama of state-of-the-art ideas and advances in cognitive neuroscience. It is also an intellectual memoir, filled with vignettes about the author's early training with Luria, his escape from the Soviet Union, and later interactions with patients and professionals around the more

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  • Paperback | 251 pages
  • 156 x 232 x 18mm | 399.16g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 3 halftones, 19 line illustrations and 6 tables/graphs
  • 0195156307
  • 9780195156300
  • 891,895

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"An intriguing exploration of the most challenging topic in cognitive neuroscience, the executive function of the prefrontal cortex."--American Scientist"It is only now...that we are beginning to get the full measure of complexity [of the living body], to see how nature and culture interact, and how brain and mind produce each other. There are a handful, a small handful, of remarkable books which address these central problems with great force--those of Gerald Edelman and Antonio Damasio at once come to mind--and to this select number, Elkhonon Goldberg's book The Executive Brain should surely be added."--Oliver Sacks, The New York Review of Books"A masterful review of Elkhonon Goldberg's decades-long investigation of the frontal lobes, weaving his personal and professional experiences into the account."--Allan F. Mirsky, Ph.D., Section Chief, National Institute of Mental Health, NIHshow more

About Elkhonon Goldberg

Elkhonon Goldberg, Ph.D. divides his time between the clinical practice of neuropsychology, research in cognitive neuroscience, and teaching worldwide. He is a Clinical Professor of Neurology at New York University School of Medicine and Director of the Institute of Neuropsychology and Cognitive Performance. He lives in New York more

Table of contents

An End and a Beginning - A Dedication; Brain's Chief Executive - The Frontal Lobes at a Glance; Architecture of the Brain - A Primer; The Orchestra's Front Row - The Cortex; The Conductor - A Closer Look at the Frontal Lobes; Different Lobes for Different Folks - Decision-Making Styles and the Frontal Lobes; When the Leader is Wounded; Social Maturity, Morality, Law, and the Frontal Lobes; Fateful Disconnections; "What Can You Do For Me?"; Frontal Lobes and the Leadership more

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